Experimental comparison of different minichannel geometries for use in evaporators

Ağartan, Yiğit Ata
This thesis investigates the refrigerant (R-134a) flow in three minichannels having different geometries experimentally. During the last 40 years heat transfer in small scales has been a very attractive research area. Improvements in heat transfer in the refrigeration applications by means of usage of micro/minichannels provide significant developments in this area. Also it is known that experimental studies are very important to constitute a database which is beneficial for new developments and research. During the two-phase flow experiments conducted in the minichannels, low mass flow rates and constant wall temperature approach, which are the conditions in the evaporators of the refrigerator applications were applied because one of the purposes of this study is to determine the most ideal minichannel among the tested minichannels for usage in the evaporator section of the refrigerators. Two-phase flow experiments were made with refrigerant R134a in the three minichannels having hydraulic diameters of 1.69, 3.85 and 1.69 mm respectively. As distinct from the others, the third minichannel has a rough inner surface. Comparison of the experimental results of the three minichannels was made in terms of forced convection heat transfer coefficients and pressure drop at constant quality and mass flux values. As a result of the experiments, the most ideal minichannel among the tested minichannels was determined for the evaporator applications in the refrigerators.


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Citation Formats
Y. A. Ağartan, “Experimental comparison of different minichannel geometries for use in evaporators,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.